Autonomous buildings

An autonomous house is designed to use native resources to replace infrastructural support services such as electric power, gas, municipal water and sewage systems, systems, storm drains and others to reduce costs and environmental impacts.

Autonomous buildings follow the modern trends as well as the net zero energy buildings and share similar design and building technologies, such as:

  • solar collectors for hot water generation and photovoltaic panels
  • seasonal thermal storage in tanks
  • solar cooling
  • geothermal heat pumps
  • in-wall and in-floor heating and cooling
  • pre-heating and cooling of fresh air through central air-conditioning units
autonomous house

© Neill Lewis, chartered architect